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An Evening with Ann Cleeves

Wednesday 6th September 19:00 at Newcastle

Join us for an evening with bestselling local author Ann Cleeves, author of ITV's Vera starring Brenda Blethyn. Ann will be discussing her brand new Vera novel, The Seagull, and there will be a chance to get your book signed.

'A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace.

Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.

He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two. This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as 'the Prof', were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were 'the Gang of Four', and Hector had been one of the last people to see Marshall alive.

Vera must confront her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth, as the past begins to collide dangerously with the present...

The Seagull is Ann Cleeves' searing new novel, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships.

Cleeves became a household name with the award-winning major BBC One drama of her series Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall and the ITV serialisation of her Vera series. Yet Waterstones’ booksellers and readers alike were singing her praises long before that. Many of her novels are rooted in the wild Northumberland landscape that is her home including the novels featuring her detective Vera Stanhope who first appeared in The Crow Trap in 1999. Cleeves is also the author of several standalone novels include The Sleeping and the Dead and Burial of Ghosts.

Earlier titles in The Vera series in order are: The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices, The Glass Room, Harbour Street, The Moth Catcher. '

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